|Behavioral Therapy Deemed Best for Social Phobia
Behavioral Therapy Deemed Best for Social Phobia FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that "talk therapy" is the better first option. In a review of 101 clinical trials, researchers found that "cognitive behavioral therapy" often helped people with social phobia -- a type of anxiety disorder where people have a deep fear of being judged by others or embarrassed in public. The more common approach to tackling social a...
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held Saturday at more than 5,200 sites across the United States, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration says. The free and anonymous program enables people to bring their expired, unneeded and unwanted prescription pills and other solids, like patches, to the sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The sites will not acc...
Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected
Preemies May Have Stronger Immune Systems Than Suspected FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A baby's immune system is stronger than previously thought, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed blood samples collected from 28 very premature babies during their first weeks of life. The results showed that the babies' immune system T-cells could trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria. According to background information from the study, it had been thought that a newborn's immature immune s...
Breast-Feeding May Cut Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer in Black Women
Breast-Feeding May Cut Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer in Black Women FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers who don't breast-feed may be at higher risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 3,700 black breast cancer patients. About one-third of them had estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer -- a tumor subtype that is more common in black women and carries a higher risk of death. Women with children were one-third more...
Avoid the Fall Sports Injury Trap
Avoid the Fall Sports Injury Trap SATURDAY, Sept. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes hitting the playing fields this fall should be reminded that aches and pains might signal an undiagnosed sports injury, experts say. And "playing through the pain" could make an undetected injury even worse, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. "Overuse injuries are the most common types of sports-related injuries," Dr. Michae...
Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer SUNDAY, Sept. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a sign of early development of pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer death. And, they add, their discovery might lead one day to a new test to detect the disease in its initial and more treatable stages. The early sign is an increase in levels of certain amino acids, and this occurs before patients develop symptoms and the disease is typically diagnosed. The finding came...
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set (HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure the swing set is stable by placing the legs in concrete below ground level. If you use anchoring devices, make sure they are below ground level to avoid tripping hazards. Don't allow any slack in chains or cables, and make sure any exposed bolts or screws are capped. Make sure t...
Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Health Tip: What Causes Hives? (HealthDay News) -- Hives are an allergic skin reaction caused by the body's release of histamine. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology mentions these common causes of hives: Exposure to an allergic trigger. Eating something that triggers an allergic reaction. Exercising, or exposure to heat. Being bitten by an insect. Having an allergic reaction to a medication.
Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy
Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A study in rats hints that exposure to dim light at night may make human breast cancer tumors resistant to the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin. However, giving the rats a melatonin supplement prevented this light-linked resistance to doxorubicin, the most widely used cancer chemotherapy drug in the world. Prior rat-based research by the same investigators found that exposure to dim light at nigh...
After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity showed greater improvements in several areas of so-called "executive function" than similar students who did not participate. Executive function refers to a range of mental or "cognitive" skills...
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